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Virginia Port Authority Police Department

On behalf of our professional and dedicated sworn and civilian men and women, the Virginia Port Authority Police Department welcomes you! It is my extreme pleasure to serve as the ambassador for law enforcement and security in providing for the protection of America’s finest port – The Port of Virginia. Every member of our team is highly trained, dedicated, and committed to supporting and balancing our missions of safety and security for our port partners and employees. The Port of Virginia takes great pride in sustaining low crime rates, reflected by the diligence of our security team. Much of our success is reciprocated in our internal and external partnerships with business, local community, labor and the intermodal shareholders.

Our cultivated and ongoing relationships with port partners ensure our mission is continuously and successfully executed. We enjoy an omniscient relationship with our private, local, state and federal partners, which enhance our ability to protect the lawful flow of commerce to Virginia. This cooperative and innovative philosophy will continue to support The Port of Virginia as the most viable option for global trade. Thank you for taking the opportunity to learn more about us. I hope the information is pertinent and useful. As one member of a very proud team, we welcome you to The Port of Virginia.

Mona McLaurin
Chief of Police
mmclaurin@portofvirginia.com
757.683.2196

Virginia Port Authority Police Department Mission

The Mission of the Virginia Port Authority Police Department is to facilitate the lawful flow of commerce through the marine terminals of Hampton Roads; to safeguard life and property, and to maintain law and order at those facilities; and to meet goals and objectives of the department.

The following are two sections from Chapter 10, Title 62.1, Code of Virginia, concerning the Virginia Port Authority and its employment of special police officers.

1. Section 62.1-132.11. Police Powers: Penalties. –
The Authority is empowered to adopt and enforce reasonable rules and regulations governing (i) the maximum and minimum speed limits of motor vehicles using Authority property, (ii) the kinds and sizes of vehicles which may be operated upon Authority property, (iii) materials which shall not be transported through or over Authority, and (iv) other matters affecting safety and security of Authority property. Such rules and regulations shall have the force and effect of law (i) after publication one time in full in a newspaper of general circulation in the city or county where the affected property is located, and (ii) when posted where the public using such property may conveniently see them. Violation of any rule or regulation which would have been a violation of law or ordinance if committed on a public street or highway shall be tried and punished as if it had been committed on a public street or highway. Any other violation of such rules and regulations shall be punishable as a Class I misdemeanor. (1981, c.589.)

2. Section 62.1-132.12. Employment, Jurisdiction, and Power of Special Police Officers-
The Authority may appoint and employ special police officers to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth and rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Section 62.1-132.I I on Authority property. Such special police officers shall have the powers vested in police officers under Sections 15.1-138 and 52-8 of the Code of Virginia. Such special police officers may issue summons to appear, or arrest on view or on information without warrant as permitted by law, and conduct before the court of the city or county of competent jurisdiction any person violating, upon property under the control of the Authority any rule or regulation of the Authority, any law of the Commonwealth, or any ordinance or regulation of any political subdivision of the Commonwealth. The court or courts having jurisdiction for the trial of criminal offenses of the city or country wherein the offense was committed shall have jurisdiction to try persons charged with violating any such laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations. Fines and costs assessed or collected for violation of any such law, ordinance, rule, or regulation shall be paid into the Literary Fund. (1981, c.589.)

Virginia Port Authority Police Department Code of Ethics

As a Virginia Port Authority Police Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.

I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.

I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession . . . law enforcement.

Contact Information

Emergencies: 757.440.7070

Non-Emergencies: 757.683.2195
Tip line: 757.440.4099
For a copy of a Police Report: 757.683.2196

ID/Credentialing Office
7737 Hampton Blvd, Bldg. 1
Norfolk, VA 23505
757.440.4090

Hours of Operation
8:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday-Friday  (Closed on Holidays)
Appointment required.

Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC)
A TWIC is required to have unescorted access to the Port of Virginia marine terminals.
Register your TWIC here.

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

C-TPAT is a voluntary supply-chain security program led by the U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The program focuses on the development of cooperative relationships to strengthen the security of our borders, as well as the security of the overall supply chain while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade. Since 2006, the Virginia Port Authority has been a certified C-TPAT partner with Virginia Port Authority Police Department personnel designated as primary points of contact. More Information here.

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING:

  • If there is a life-threatening emergency, call (757) 440-7070
  • To report suspicious activity on Virginia Port Authority terminals or facilities, call (757) 683-2194 or (757) 683-2195      
  • Tip Line (757) 440-4099 – The Port Police Tip Line is a confidential way for you to leave tips and provide information that may lead to the reduction of crime or illegal activities at The Port of Virginia         

Suspicious Activity includes:

  • Breach/Attempted intrusion to the terminal or facility
  • Unattended packages or bags
  • Misrepresentation or credential discrepancies
  • Unauthorized photography or video recording on terminal
  • Loitering, tampering or sabotage of property
  • Concealing or attempting to conceal dangerous substance or devices
  • Concealing or attempting to conceal weapons or firearms
  • Unusual questions about security procedures or assets
  • Covert movement, behavior, or activities around cargo
  • Expressed or implied threats to the terminal or facility

How to Report Suspicious Activity:

  • WHO did you see, physical description of individual(s) and/or vehicle(s)
  • WHAT did you see, description of the activity and direction of travel
  • WHEN you saw it, what time
  • WHERE it occurred, which terminal or facility
  • WHY it’s suspicious

Security Awareness

Maritime Transportation Security Act

The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) was put into law by Congress in order to increase the security of our nation’s seaports.

Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)

All persons needing access to Maritime Facilities are required to possess a TWIC card and have it in their possession at all times. Persons without a TWIC must be escorted by a TWIC holder in such a manner that constant control is maintained.

All Port of Virginia terminals are fully restricted and escort ratios cannot exceed 5:1. Escorted persons will need to have an approved photo identification to be allowed entry. Escort application forms are available at all security check points. It is imperative that all parties involved read and understand the escort rules prior to signing the escort application.

Photos

It is strictly prohibited to take photos on Port of Virginia properties without prior approval from the Chief of Police or her designee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How long is a TWIC card valid and what is the cost of the card?   

Answer: The credential is valid for five years and the cost is $ 125.25.

Question: How do you obtain a TWIC card?

Answer: To obtain a TWIC card, an applicant must provide biographic and biometric information such as fingerprints, sit for a digital photograph, and successfully pass a security threat assessment.

Question: Can anyone apply for a TWIC card?

Answer: To be eligible for a TWIC card, you must be a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident, or a non-immigrant alien who is in lawful status.

Question: How do I order a TWIC card?

Answer: You may make an appointment online through the Universal Enrollment Services website or by calling (855) 347-8371 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. If pre-enrollment is available, you may make an appointment online during the pre-enrollment process.

Question: If I find my lost card after reporting it missing, can I still use it?

Answer: No. If you find your card after ordering a replacement, then you should destroy the old card or return it directly to TSA to the address on the back of the card.

Question: What personal information is stored on my TWIC card?

Answer: Your full name, expiration date, digital photo and two fingerprints.

Question: I’ve lost my TWIC card. What can I do to gain access?

Answer: You can obtain a Lost, Stolen or Damaged temporary replacement card. You must first order a $60.00 replacement card from TSA. Bring your receipt to the NIT ID office or VIG TOB security desk and a temporary card will be issued. The replacement receipt must remain on your person at all times while on Port of Virginia property.

Citizen Complaint / Commendation Procedure

INTRODUCTION     

The Chief of Police has a legal mandate to ensure procedures exist for investigating complaints made by members of the public against Police Department personnel.

The employees of the Virginia Port Authority Police (VPA) are carefully selected, highly trained and serve with a pride of professionalism. However, as in any organization, deviations from ideal performance occur. Allegations of misconduct against department personnel are investigated thoroughly and objectively, and appropriate action taken, with the goals of maintaining the integrity of the department and the confidence of the public.

The proper administration of law enforcement will only be assured if a highly professional police agency is maintained. The Virginia Port Authority Police Department has made diligent efforts to achieve this professional status and it is our desire to provide the means whereby it will be sustained.

PROCEDURES

Every citizen has the right to make a complaint against or recommend a commendation on any employee of the VPA Police Department. The complaint may be made to any official VPA Police employee. A complaint may be made in person, by telephone, by mail, by email. Complaints may also be made anonymously. The Department will release to the complaining party a copy of his or her own signed statement when the complaint is filed in person. All others will be mailed.

Once a complaint is received, the following procedure is followed:

  1. The complaint is forwarded to a manager within the department, where it is given a case number and assigned for investigation.
  2. The person filing will be sent a letter acknowledging the department has received the complaint / commendation and indicating the case number.
  3. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Chief of Police or designee for final disposition and appropriate action
  4. The complainant will be sent another letter advising that the investigation has been completed and findings of the investigation.

Note: The average time it takes to process and investigate a complaint is between 1 and 6 months, however each case is unique.

Rules and Regulations

GENERAL

All port users shall be governed by all pertinent and applicable federal, state, and local laws, city ordinances involving safety, fire and licensing, and OSHA and U.S. Coast Guard rules and regulations by the provisions contained herein, and by orders and instructions of the VPA Police Department.

Failure to comply with laws, rules and regulations contained herein may result in arrest, citation issuance, and/or stop order (suspension or revocation of access privileges).

DRIVING ON VPA TERMINALS

While on VPA terminals, all persons operating a motor vehicle, defined by Virginia Code Section 46.2-100 as every vehicle that is self-propelled or designed for self-propulsion, must possess a valid driver’s license and are subject to Virginia State Traffic Laws that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Vehicles/equipment must follow established traffic patterns and signage.
  • Speed limit is 20 mph unless posted otherwise.
  • The use of cell phones, headsets, bluetooth, or ear buds is prohibited while operating a moving vehicle/equipment, etc.

ADDITIONAL RULES AND REGULATIONS:

  • No firearms or other dangerous weapons;
  • No alcohol;
  • No unlawful drugs;
  • No acts of violence or threats of violence;
  • No littering;
  • No smoking/vaping/E-cigarette use inside buildings, work booths, work vehicles/equipment, on vessels, or within 50 feet of cargo containers;
  • No open fires or fires in drums or containers;
  • No welding or burning of any type on vessels, berths, or without written authorization from VPA/VIT;
  • No fishing, hunting, or trapping;
  • No photographs, unless authorized by the Chief of Police;
  • No unauthorized access. Persons with authorized access to restricted areas are prohibited from allowing others to enter with them.

Recruitment

Are you ready to become a member of the finest Port Police Department in the nation?  

The Virginia Port Authority is seeking quality individuals motivated to make a positive impact in unique and challenging environment.

Police Officer

Duties and Qualifications

The Virginia Port Authority is seeking Police Officers to perform a variety of law enforcement duties such as responding to calls for service, enforcing traffic and criminal laws, and conducting high visibility patrols on our marine terminals.

  • Perform security patrols of designated areas on foot or in vehicle.                         
  • Watch for irregular or unusual conditions that may create security concerns or safety hazards. 
  • Warn violators of rule infractions. 
  • Investigate and prepare reports on accidents, incidents, and suspicious activities. 
  • Provide assistance to customers, employees and visitors in a courteous and professional manner. 
  • Maintain compliance with all security, safety, and environmental regulations and policies at all times. This includes properly addressing issues through action or reporting issues and concerns through the appropriate chain of command.
  • Ensure public records and information are managed, maintained and disposed in accordance to the Library of Virginia retention and disposition schedules, and the Virginia Port Authority records management policies and procedures.  

Minimum Qualifications:     

  • Must pass a pre-employment physical & drug screening. 
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • United States citizenship is required
  • Must be at least 20 years of age as of the employment start date.

Application Process                                                                                                 

You must successfully compete the following steps:       

  • Online Application – You must complete the application online along with background package and submit with any other supporting documentation in order to proceed.                          
  • Information Session – An in person informal overview of the job duties, benefits and salary.
  • Interview – Panel interview with the Police Command staff and Human Resources.                                                                                                      
  • Background Investigation – Entails obtaining and verifying information regarding the applicant’s prior employment, references, criminal history, and driving history.                                                                       
  • Final Selection – The interview panel will make the final decision of the best qualified applicants.            

Employee Benefits                                                                                                   

Employees of The Port of Virginia are eligible to select from a comprehensive suite of benefits, including, but not limited to:  

  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Deferred Compensation (401(a) and 457(b))
  • 22 Paid Days Off Upfront Annually
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 16 Volunteer Hours Annually
  • Financial Wellness Program
  • Legal Resources and Identity Theft Protection
  • Pet Insurance
  • Home and Auto Insurance
  • Student Loan Repayment Tool
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Community Involvement and Extracurricular Connection
  • Outreach Ambassadors Program   

Salary                                                                                                 

The position involves successful completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Certified Police Officer Training Academy that lasts approximately 19 to 20 weeks.  Police Recruits are paid $21.43/hour as their starting salary. Police Recruits will also receive full benefits at the date of hiring.         

Disqualifiers                                                                                                  

Criminal Convictions                                                                                                  

  • Any felony conviction.
  • Conviction of drunk driving or driving under the influence within the past five (5) years.
  • Conviction of any serious misdemeanor offense (class 1 or 2, excluding traffic offenses), or arrest for such an offense and/or provable voluntary admission of guilt within the past 5 years.
  • Conviction of any offense involving moral turpitude, including larceny, concealment, bad checks, embezzlement, and/ or perjury.
  • Any domestic violence convictions

Drug Usage                                                                                                    

  • Any use of a controlled substance listed in Schedule I of the Code of Virginia within 5 years of submitting an application to Human Resources, or for more than minimal experimentation at any time. (Includes Heroin, LSD, MDMA, etc.)                                 
  • Any non‐medicinal use of a controlled substance listed in Schedule II of the Code of Virginia within 5 years of submitting an application to Human Resources, or for more than minimal experimentation at any time. (Includes Cocaine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Methamphetamine, PCP, etc.)
  • Any non‐medicinal use of a controlled substance listed in Schedules III‐VI of the Code of Virginia, or any noxious chemical inhalant, within 12 months of submitting an application to Human Resources, or for more than minimal experimentation at any time. (Includes marijuana, steroids, huffing, etc.)          
  • Any substantiated illegal act arising from the manufacture and/or distribution of any illegal drug.

Driving Record                                                                                                           

A driver will be considered “Unacceptable” if any of the following apply:

• Any major violation within the last five years. Major violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Driving under influence of alcohol or drugs.
    • Failure to report an accident.
    • Reckless driving.
    • Making a false accident report.
    • Homicide, manslaughter or assault arising out of the use of a vehicle.
    • Driving while license is suspended/revoked.
    • Attempting to elude a police officer.
    • Chemical test refusal.
    • Leaving the scene of an accident.
    • Driving while impaired.

Credit                                                                                                 

Demonstrated history of financial irresponsibility. (Examples of areas of concern include unpaid collections or unsatisfactory judgments where no payment plan has been established.)

Military                                                                                                          

  • Dishonorable discharge from the military.
  • Bad conduct discharge from the military.

Body Modifications and Tattoos                                                                                                        

  • Body modifications visible while on duty are prohibited. Body modifications include, but are not limited to:
  • Tongue splitting or bifurcation.
  • Complete or trans‐dermal implantation of any objects other than hair replacement.
  • Abnormal shaping of the ears, eyes or nose.
  • Gauging or gradually increasing the radius of a surgically induced opening in the flesh in areas such as the ear lobes or lips.
  • Branding or scarification.
  • Tattoos, brands, or body art that may be considered offensive or obscene, including but not limited to:
    • swear words
    • nudity
    • gang signs or affiliations
    • derogatory or offensive symbols, signs or, art
  • Tattoos on the head, scalp, face, or neck

Note: Body modifications shall not include those procedures medically necessitated by illness, deformity or injury, when performed by a licensed medical professional. Other disqualifiers may also apply.

Police Dispatcher      

About                                                                       

A Police Command Center Dispatcher is someone who loves customer service. A PCC dispatcher must be able to multi-task and persevere through day to day challenges on the port. 

The Police Command Center is the center of all calls for service 24-hours a day, seven days a week from Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal, Virginia International Gateway, Richmond Marine Terminal, and Virginia Inland Port.                                                                                                                                  

Qualifications                                                                                               

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • High School Graduate
  • 1-2 years of work experience with leadership, organizational, analytical, communication, and management skills
  • Available to work any shift during a 24-hour period, rotating shifts, 7 days a week.
  • Ability to complete a Basic Tele communicator Course mandated by the Department of Criminal Justice
  • Become/Certified as a Virginia Criminal Information Network and Operation of Criminal Records Terminal (CRT)
  • Citizen of the United States or a lawful resident of the United States for the past 10 consecutive years
  • Type 40 wpm
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline
  • 3 years of work experience with leadership, organizational, analytical, communication, and management skills
  • CRT training or experience

Disqualifiers                                                                                                  

  • Felony conviction(s)
  • Wanted for a crime in state or out of state
  • Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor conviction(s)
    • Exception of one offense of D.U.I.
  • Moral turpitude (lying, cheating or stealing)
  • Gross misconduct (crimes against a person and crimes involving drugs or other controlled substances
  • Found not guilty of any crime by reason of mental illness

Application Process                                                                                                 

You must successfully compete the following steps:

  • Online Application – You must complete the application online along with background package and submit with any other supporting documentation in order to proceed.      
  • Information Session – An in person informal overview of the job duties, benefits and salary.
  • Interview – Panel interview with Police Command staff and Human Resources.  
  • Background Investigation – Entails obtaining and verifying information regarding the applicant’s prior employment, references, criminal history, and driving history.
  • Final Selection – The interview panel will make the final decision of the best qualified applicants.